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Destination Parties & Places


Adventure Kids
at Lakeforest Mall
Featuring two shows a month in Spring 2016! Bring your toddlers and preschoolers at 10:30 a.m. to shows such as Mr. Skip and Groovy Nate. Visit website to join Adventure Kids and see schedule!
www.shoplakeforest.com/Adventure-Kids/ , 701 Russell Ave., JCPenney Court, Gaithersburg, MD,


Adventure Theatre MTC in Glen Echo Park & Wintergreen Plaza
Private party room, Light Saber Birthday Workshops, Dance Workshop Parties, Pretty Princess Parties and Professional Show Parties with reduced ticket prices for groups of 10+. 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD & 837-D Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD.
www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org , boxoffice@adventuretheatre-mtc.org, 301-634-2268.


Ballet Petite Fairytale Birthday Parties
Our parties are truly one-of-a-kind. Your birthday princess and her friends will be treated to an exquisite affair complete with a fairytale dance led by a ballerina.
301-229-6882.


Ballet Petite Musical Theatre Parties
An exciting Musical Theatre Party that provides an opportunity to perform a song & dance from a popular musical. Complete with makeup, costumes and lots more!
301-229-6882.


Big Train 2016
Big Train Party Picnics at Povich Field! Birthdays, school fundraisers, scout troops, sports teams, neighborhoods, family & friends. Small-town baseball at its best. Shirley Povich Field, Cabin John Regional Park, Bethesda, MD.
www.bigtrain.org , picnics@bigtrain.org, 301-379-9145.


Blue Box Sports & Party Center
Blue Box Sports Parties are an awesome way to celebrate your child's birthday! All our parties are super high energy and include 45 minutes of the sport of your choice led by one of our amazing instructors. We take care of everything!
www.BlueBoxSports.com , 4425 Brookfield Corp. Dr., Chantilly, VA, 703-953-1667.


Busch Gardens
From the thrilling rides, captivating shows and animal encounters of Busch Gardens Williamsburg, to the drenching rides and water slides of nearby Water Country USA, there's no better place to dive in and enjoy a fun-filled family vacation.
www.buschgardens.com/va , Williamsburg, VA,


Camp Olympia
Enjoy an outdoor party with pony rides for children ages 2-7. Ages 8+ can enjoy a hands-on introduction to horses.
www.camp-olympia.com , 5511 Muncaster Mill Rd., Rockville, MD, 301-926-9281.


Clark's Elioak Farm
Available daily: petting farm, hayrides, pony rides, Enchanted Forest attractions, playground, play area, picnic area, country store, kids' jump course. Birthday parties and tours also available.
www.clarklandfarm.com , 10500 Route 198, Ellicott City, MD, 410-730-4049.


CREATE Arts Center
Art Workshops for kids and adults! You choose the project, and our experienced art teachers will make your workshop fun and memorable. Come celebrate with CREATE!
www.createartscenter.org , create@createartscenter.org, 816 Thayer Ave., Silver Spring, MD, 301-588-ARTS.


Dynamite Birthday Parties
Kids will flip and fly their way through the best birthday party ever! You bring the cake, we do the rest! Add-ons include inflatables, themes (imagine Cinderella on the balance beam or Spiderman on the trampoline), face painting, pizza and more! Available at Dynamite Gymnastics Center and Dynamite Agility Center in North Bethesda.
www.dynamitegc.com/parties , hello@dynamitegc.com,


Earth Treks Climbing and Fitness
An adventure your child will never forget! Indoor Rock Climbing for ages 6 & up. Birthday Parties, Private Events, Summer Camps and Climbing Clubs. No experience necessary. Four Locations: 1930 Greenspring Dr., Timonium; 7125 C Columbia Gateway Dr., Columbia; 725 Rockville Pk., Rockville, 1235 S. Clark St., Crystal City.
www.EarthTreksClimbing.com , 800-CLIMB-UP.


Fairfax County Visitors Center
Come to Fairfax County, VA and connect with America! Experience iconic historical and cultural attractions, outdoor adventures and fun events. Let Fairfax surprise you!
www.FXVA.com , 703-752-9500.


Fencing Sports Academy
Beginner-friendly fencing activities with professional coaches. Instruction, equipment and space provided for food and festivities afterwards. 2-hour slots on weekends, groups of 15 max.
www.fencingsports.net , Fairfax, VA, 888-300-5095.


FiberArt.STUDIO
Classes, birthday parties and camps teaching the traditional fiber arts. Just about anything one can do with needles and thread - and what grandma still knows.
www.FiberArt.studio , anja@fiberart.studio, 9812 Falls Rd., Potomac, MD, 240-600-0170.


Gaylord National
Grab the kids and make your next vacation destination Gaylord National Resort. When you stay at our award-winning location, you will experience new and exciting interactive adventures.
www.gaylordhotels.com , National Harbor, MD, 301-965-4000.


Glen Echo Park Aquarium
A Chesapeake Bay Discovery Center
Come discover everything under the sea! Perfect for families, school groups, scouts and birthdays. Open: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, noon-5 p.m. Weekday by appointment.
www.GEPAquarium.org , Glen Echo, MD, 301-955-6256.


Leesburg Animal Park
Have fun with the whole family! The 21-acre zoo is home to a variety of animals, like llamas, alpacas, lambs & more. Pony rides, animal encounters, playground.
www.leesburganimalpark.com , 19270 James Monroe Hwy., Leesburg, VA, 703-433-0002.


Lowell School
Birthday Parties
Are you ready to party? We have many spaces available for rent for birthday parties. We also offer themed party options for families wanting to host a pool party or woodworking party.
www.lowellschool.org , 1640 Kalmia Rd., NW, Washington, DC, 202-577-2006.


Metropolitan School of the Arts
Upcoming Events: ALICE Spring musical, June 25-26, 2016. Musical Theatre Workshop, July 22, 2016. FLY Commercial Dance Showcase, August 5, 2016. Open House, September 10, 2016. Alexandria, Fairfax Station & Lorton, VA.
www.metropolitantarts.org , 5775 Barclay Dr., Ste. 4, Alexandria, VA, 703-339-0444.


Michael & Son SportsPlex at Dulles
At our indoor sports facility, we do all the set-up and clean-up for you! Call us to learn about our new party packages!
www.dullessportsplex.com , 21610 Atlantic Blvd., Sterling, VA, 703-430-9966.


Michael & Son SportsPlex at Rockville
At our indoor sports facility, we do all the set-up and clean-up for you! Call us to learn about our new party packages.
www.rockvillesports.com , 60 Southlawn Ct., Rockville, MD, 301-838-4455.


MoBu Kids
Music. Play. Party
MoBu Kids offers private parties in an unique kid-friendly space. We will help you throw a memorable party that you child will never forget.
www.mobukids.com , info@mobukids.com, 442A South Washington St., Falls Church, VA, 703-241-PLAY.


My Gym Bethesda
Fun filled parties for all ages: gymnastics, active games and our famous Space Flight Ride. We do all the work, different packages and themes available.
www.mygym.com/bethesda , 5110 Ridgefield Rd., Bethesda, MD, 301-652-2820.


My Gym Potomac
Fun filled parties for all ages: gymnastics, active games and our famous Space Flight Ride. We do all the work, different packages and themes available.
www.mygym.com/potomac , 11325 Seven Locks Rd., Potomac, MD, 301-983-5300.


The National Zoological Park
The National Zoo is set amid Rock Creek Park in the heart of Washington, D.C., and is home to more than 2,400 animals of 400 different species. Our best-known residents are our giant pandas.
www.nationalzoo.si.edu , 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 202-633-3034.


Play N' Learn's Playground Superstores
Ages 2-8. Check out our indoor playgrounds in Columbia & Chantilly featuring great swingsets, trampolines and basketball hoops. Visit website for open play and party info. 1-800-22-SWING.
www.playnlearn.com ,


Potomac Horse Center
A fun-filled birthday celebration at our horse farm. Pony rides, tractor-drawn hayrides, stable tour, candy search and a special party room make this a most delightful party option.
www.PotomacHorse.com/parties.htm , 14211 Quince Orchard Rd., North Potomac, MD, 301-208-0200.


Rebounderz Sterling
If you want a unique birthday party for all ages where they encourage jumping off the walls, come to Rebounderz Sterling today to book your event!
www.rebounderzsterling.com , heather@rebounderzsterling.com, 22400 Davis Dr., Sterling, VA, 703-831-6944.


Silver Stars Gymnastics
We offer COMPLETE birthday party packages, including gymnastics fun, pizza, juice, paper products and goodie bags. The staff is friendly, helpful and experienced.
www.gosilverstars.com , Silver Spring, MD, 301-589-0938.


TK Gym & Martial Arts
Try our Ninja Birthday party this year! Parties are designed to be fun and educational. Our host and guests will have fun while learning basic martial arts skills.
www.tkmainc.com , 6831 Wisconsin Ave., P102, Chevy Chase, MD, 301-657-7782.


Tiny Dancers
Ages 3-6. Fabulous fairytale birthday parties that include stories, costumes, props and a craft. All participants receive a handmade tutu and a tiara, and there is a special gift for the birthday girl. Fairfax, Gainesville, Alexandria and Mosaic.
www.tinydancers.com , beth@tinydancers.com, 703-385-5580.


Urban Pirates
Free Pirate Storytime in Baltimore and National Harbor. Wednesdays and Fridays, 9-9:30 a.m. June 15-August 26; 25% discount on the cruise that follows storytime!
www.urbanpirates.com , www.urbanpiratesnh.com, 410-327-8378.


Washington Nationals Baseball
Natstown: Where Dreams Begin
Nothing but Family Fun! Harris Teeter Family Fun Pack: Thursdays-Sundays. Ticket, hot dog, chips and a drink--starting at $15!
www.nationals.com/family , 1500 South Capitol St., SE, DC,


YMCA Loudoun Country
Ages 5-15. Make new friends, sing, swim, play, explore, learn and laugh - all under the watchful eyes of fully trained staff. Fun for kids, peace of mind for you.
www.ymcadc.org , Brittney.Blersch@ymcadc.org, 26B Fairfax St., SE, Leesburg, VA, 703-777-9622.


Entertainment & Events


Avalon Theatre
Weekend Family Matinees
On select mornings, we feature classic movies, soon-to-be-released titles, independent films and live performances for the whole family that are engaging, respectful, violence-free and ridiculously fun!
www.theavalon.org , 5612 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 202-966-6000.


Balloons by Justin
Balloon Artist
Balloons inflate smiles! Balloon creations and entertainment for parties, festivals, carnivals, bazaars or any other occasion.
justin.hamilton77@gmail.com, 703-569-7483.


Carousel Puppets
Puppet shows for all occasions. Marionettes and hand puppets, lively music and lots of audience participation. Puppet-making workshops and goodie bags available. Professional puppeteer. Serving MD, VA and DC area.
www.carouselpuppets.com , requests@carouselpuppets.com, 703-444-9426.


Celebrate Fairfax
June 10-12, 2016. Tickets. Free shuttle buses from Fair Lakes Circle & Fair Oaks Mall. Fireworks, Petting Zoo, Carnvial Rides, Children's Avenue, Kids Crafts, Pony Rides and more. Fairfax County Government Center, Fairfax, VA.
www.celebratefairfax.com , Fairfax, VA,


Celebrate! Gaithersburg in Olde Town
Sunday, June 12, 2016; noon-5 p.m. Experience the tastes, sounds and activities of summer. Fun vendors. Live animal exhibits. Shuttle from Lakeforest Mall. Free admission.
www.gaithersburgmd.gov/leisure/special-events , 31 South Summit Ave., Gaithersburg, MD, 301-258-6350.


Chamber Dance Project
Our matinee takes place on June 25, 2016 at 2 p.m. Sidney Harman Hall, G Street, NW and includes a 20-minute workshop with the artists for children of all ages.
www.chamberdance.org , 202-499-2297.


Michael Chamberlin, Magician
Known as the "Dean of Deception" across Washington for over 30 years at birthdays, schools & libraries. Michael's seamless blend of comedy & magic creates a dazzling show.
www.mikecmagic.com , mikecmagic@hotmail.com, 301-656-5693.


The DC Jazz Festival
June 10-19, 2016. The 2016 DC Jazz Festival kicks off summer in DC with dazzling performances in nearly 60 venues across the city. Jazz 'N Families Fundays, June 4-5, 2016. Enjoyable performances and activities.
www.dcjazzfest.org , Washington, DC, 202-457-7628.


Dinosaur Birthday Party
Does your budding paleontologist want to find real dinosaur fossils? Dr. Peter Kranz, dinosaur paleontologist, provides field trips, home parties and other opportunities to have fun!
www.dinosaurfund.org , 202-547-3326.


Eric Energy
Team Eric Energy can make learning fun at your party, camp, school or festival. Perfect for preschools and wide-ranging age groups. 60-minute shows and workshops focus on various science experiments and topics.
www.ericenergy.com , 410-336-8295.


The Face Paint Lady
The Face Paint Lady's gestural style is quick, fun and joyful. You'll get great photos and memories that last a lifetime.
www.TheFacePaintLady.com , 301-221-5640.


Imagination Bethesda
A Children's Street Festival Celebrating the Arts! June 4, 2016; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Live entertainment, hands-on creative activities, face painters, roving performers, balloonists and more! The festival takes place at the corner of Woodmont Avenue and Elm Street in Downtown Bethesda.
www.bethesda.org , 301-215-6660.


KURIOS - Cabinet of Curiosities from Cirque du Soleil
KURIOS opens July 21 under the big top at Tysons II. Seeing is disbelieving - the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world turned upside down! 1-877-924-7783.
www.cirquedusoleil.com/kurios , Tysons II, Tysons, VA,


Mad Science
Our 45-60 minute parties are full of spectacular science experiments! Experience chemical reactions, amazing physics and even make your own project!
www.dc.madscience.org , parties@madscienceofdc.com, 301-593-4777.


2016 Maryland Faerie Festival
12th Annual Maryland Faerie Festival: June 11-12, 2016. A faery tale music & arts fest celebrating gnomes. Special evening festivities. All weekend camping and cabins available.
www.marylandfaeriefestival.org , Darlington, MD, 888-607-9134.


My Reptile Guys
My Reptile Guys deliver the thrill of a safari to the comfort of your home, offering fun, interactive birthday parties with petting zoos and photo sessions.
www.MyReptileGuys.com , 877-544-7755.


Olney Theatre Center
Maryland's longest running professional theatre. Upcoming kid-friendly titles include: Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, Mary Poppins, The Rainbow Fish, House at Pooh Corner, Anne of Green Gables, The Giver. Ask about group rates and summer camps.
www.olneytheatre.org , 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring, Olney, MD, 301-924-3400.


Pirate Magic
Ages 4-13. Can adapt to any theme from Minecraft to Frozen! Happiness guaranteed or you don't pay! Visit website for pricing, Yelp reviews, video and more!
www.piratemagic.net , 240-401-7414.


Reptiles Alive! LLC
Colorful exotic animals presented by the most fun and friendly wildlife educators make our live reptile shows the first choice for birthday parties, school programs and all kinds of special events.
www.ReptilesAlive.com , reptilesalive@gmail.com, 703-560-0257.


Sing Along With Karen
Karen's top-rated custom music/rhythm/movement birthday parties and special events are top-hat! An extraordinary children's entertainer and master guitarist, Karen engages children ages 1-4. 301-537-SING (7464).
www.singalongwithkaren.com ,


Strathmore
Discover Strathmore: OFF THE PAGE - Presented in Association with Story Tapestries; Sunday, June 12, 2016; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Don't miss Strathmore's annual, free, family-friendly festival. This year, Discover Strathmore is inspired by children's literature, stories and song.
www.strathmore.org , 5301 Tuckerman La., North Bethesda, MD, 301-581-5100.


Taste of Reston
An event featuring two days of restaurants and community vendors, live entertainment on four stages and a Family Fun Zone. June 17-18, 2016.
www.restontaste.com , Reston Town Center, Reston, VA,


47th Annual Town of Occoquan
Arts & Crafts Show
June 4 & 5 and September 24 & 25, 2016; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. You will find one-of-a-kind, handcrafted items galore! The streets of historic Occoquan come to life with over 300 crafters and artisans, live music, great food.
www.occoquanva.gov , Occoquan, VA,


Under The Sea
We bring live marine animals, such as crabs, sea stars and sharks to your birthday party, for an exciting and educational look at some amazing sea creatures.
www.touchthesea.org , 703-464-4763.


Vine on the Waterfront
Food & Wine Festival
Saturday, June 25, 2016; noon-6 p.m. Featuring local restaurants, Virginia wineries, live entertainment and children's activities.
www.vineonthewaterfront.com , Oronoco Bay Park, Old Town Alexandria, VA,


Woodfield The Magician
Woodfield's hilarious eye-popping magic will make your next party amazingly successful, memorable and fun - guaranteed!
www.woodfieldmagic.com , 703-851-7606.


Party Services & Supplies


Chef On Call
Catered dinners or hors d'oeuvres parties. We do all the shopping and food preparation. Tell us what you need.
chefRousseau@netscape.net, 703-222-9088.


Mr. Omelette Caterers
Complete dairy caterer specializing in omelettes, waffles, pasta dishes, crepes...made to order at your location. Cappuccino & fresh fruit smoothie bars. Carnival carts--popcorn, cotton candy, hot dogs, snow cones, pretzels. Serving MD, DC & VA.
www.Mromelettemd.com , 301-340-2800.


Resources


Cultural Tourism DC
A nonprofit linking you to Washington's heritage and arts.
www.culturaltourismdc.org ,


Destination DC
Make DC yours. Plan outings in your own backyard. The official tourism site of Washington, DC.
www.washington.org , 202-789-7000.


Maryland Office of Tourism
Plan a Maryland vacation. A guide to history & heritage, state parks and more.
www.visitmaryland.org ,


Vacation in Virginia
Fifty-one cool places for kids. Be a colonist, astronaut, solider, scientist.
www.Virginia.org ,


Virginia Tourism
Fun for kids in Virginia. Fun family day trips.
www.funforkids.virginia.cc ,